Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: International Racing: Saturday 9 May 2020 – Caulfield

International Racing: Saturday 9 May 2020 – Caulfield

International Racing: Saturday 9 May 2020 – Caulfield

An exciting nine-race programme is scheduled for Caulfield on Saturday with the best bet being NATIONAL CHOICE in the first race. 

Other international racing tips for Saturday:

Anthony Delpech Tips
Neil Morrice Best Bets
Randwick
Ascot 

Morphettville 
Sha Tin 
Geraldton 
Newcastle Preview with Keagan Latham & KZN Racing Radio

Best Bet: NATIONAL CHOICE (Race 1)

Value Bet: CORUSCATE (Race 8)

Race
Time
Conditions
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
1
03:45
1200m – 2yr H’cap
1
3
2
6
9
2
04:20
1400m – BM 78 H’cap
12
7
6
9
13
3
04:55
1600m – 3yr H’cap
7
6
9
3
1
4
05:35
1600m – 4yr+ BM 64 H’cap (M)
9
2
6
12
3
5
06:15
1200m – 3yr Fillies H’cap
6
9
8
3
5
6
06:55
1600m – Handicap
8
2
3
4
6
7
07:35
1800m – BM 84 H’cap
6
5
11
3
8
8
08:15
1100m – Handicap
8
12
3
5
7
9             
08:50
1000m – 3yr H’cap
5
17
3
1
4

Race 1
NATIONAL CHOICE won on debut over 1212M in soft going when well supported in the betting market, suggesting that he has been showing good work at home. Despite a wideish draw, he looks to be the one to side with here. SHOW SOME DECORUM also won on debut over 1006M and then followed that up with a solid second run over five furlongs. He attracted plenty of betting support that day and could be the immediate danger to the former. GALACTIC FURY finished a close up third last time out over this c&d when returning from an 18-week rest. OUT OF ISOLATION makes his debut here without the benefit of a barrier trial. Any betting support for him should be respected.

Race 2
SIKORSKY has his peak run hereafter just being beaten last time out over the c&d. He has a very wide draw to overcome, but he is likely to be doing his best work late. VIRAL was a narrow winner last time out over 1300M in soft going and will be hoping to complete the double today. HEAVENLY EMPEROR returns from an 18-week break without having a barrier trial, but on the plus side, he has a handy draw and will get 2kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice. SIMPLY OPTIMISTIC on the other hand has gate fifteen to negotiate, but he overraced and was checked in running last time out over this c&d, and did well to finish where he did. With better luck in running here, he should be involved in the finish.

Race 3
HEYINGTON STATION ran on well all the way down to the line last time out over seven furlongs suggesting that the extra distance on offer here will be to his liking. EXCELMAN is seldom too far off the winner and although jumping from gate eleven, he should be picking off the frontrunners in the closing stages of the race. He gets a set of blinkers fitted for the first time today. SANDSATION is a three-year-old filly taking on the boys. She takes a step up in trip after finishing a close up third last time out over seven furlongs and she has a handy draw of three to help her cause. OASIS GIRL is also a three-year-old filly. She won her penultimate start over seven furlongs in heavy going and should not be overlooked here.

Race 4
CRYPTIC JEWEL finished just a half-length second last time out over the mile and a repeat of the effort would see her right up there in the mix. PURE SCOT steps up from seven furlongs, but showed determination in the closing stages of her last outing over seven furlongs, and from draw five, she looks to be a big threat to the top choice. EXTREME PRIDE was hampered in the straight in her last outing and that run is best ignored. On some of her better form, she should be considered in this line-up. PART TIME LOVER stayed on well in the latter stages of her last start over a mile and will likely be dropped out from her wide draw and should be closing in on the pack over the closing stages.

Race 5
IT'S KIND OF MAGIC returns from a 17-week rest and has not had the benefit of a barrier trial, so her fitness will have to be taken on trust. She was a tad disappointing last time out over seven furlongs and quickly drops back to six furlongs today. If bouncing back to her best form, she could be the one that they all have to beat. FELICIA just missed out on her hat-trick last time out over 1100M when returning from a lengthy 57-week break. She was making late progress over the six furlongs of that contest and should enjoy the extra ground today. Her draw two is a plus. ST EDWARD’S CROWN stayed on last time out over five furlongs after returning from a 28-week rest. If not in need of one more run, she should be respected here. SASSY SALITAGE showed marked improvement last time out over 1100M and gets blinkers fitted for the first time. If these have the desired effect, she should be one for the shortlist.

Race 6
HANG MAN finished second last time out over 1700M and drops back to a mile here, which should be to his liking. He gets a set of blinkers fitted for the first time today and from his handy draw, the gelding should be one of the leading contenders here. SO SI BON won well last time out over this c&d and will get a full 3kgs taken off this back thanks to his claiming apprentice. He could complete the double today. SIKANDARABAD should appreciate the drop back in trip from 1700M of his latest outing and will have 2kgs removed from his allocated weight courtesy of his claiming appie. SO YOU WIN has cracked pole position and has his second run after a 22-week rest. If not in need of one more run, he should be right up there in the firing line.

Race 7
SHOT OF IRISH won well last time out over a mile in heavy going. He goes the extra distance here, but the manner in which he held off the chasing pack in that last victory suggests that this is well within his reach. SENTIMENTALIST is on a hat-trick after winning his last two outings over ten furlongs. The drop in distance should not be an issue and he could emerge as the biggest threat to the former. AUSSIE NUGGET was victorious last time out over a mile and although he is drawn one from the outside of the field, he should be doing his best work in the closing stages of the race. NOBU has been somewhat disappointing in his last two starts in heavy going and could bounce back to form in less testing underfoot conditions today.

Race 8
CORUSCATE followed up his win over 1100M with a solid performance last time out over the c&d to make him one of the leading contenders here today, particularly starting from draw two, after the late scratchings. ESPERANCE has now pulled pole position and has his second run after an 18-week break. His comeback effort over five furlongs was solid and if not in need of one more outing, he should be respected in this field. WILLIAM THOMAS finished well to win his last outing going away and should once again be running at the leaders at the business end of affairs. VAINSTREAM won his last start over six furlongs at this venue and should have no problem with the drop in distance for today’s contest.

Race 9
THE ASTROLOGIST has his first run after a 46-week break, but he won his barrier trial and should be right up there in the dash down to the line, despite facing a wide draw. GALENUS is looking for his hat-trick after winning his latest start over six furlongs in soft going. He drops in distance, but this should not be an issue and he looks to be a big danger to the top choice. ABSOLUTE FLIRT is a three-year-old filly taking on the boys, but she only needs to repeat her penultimate effort in soft going to ensure that she gives the males a good run for their money. STRASBOURG has his first run for his new trainer and will get the services of a 3kg claiming apprentice. If fully acclimatized in his new surroundings, he should be considered for all bets.

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